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Suspect stabbed his friend to death after victim insisted prose was superior as literary genre

William Blake: The 19th-century poet is not the author of 'Two Sunflowers Move into the Yellow Room'

School librarian puts the world straight on fake William Blake poem

Misattribution of verse started by students on internet is finally corrected by blogger

The Queen's Birthday Honours refuseniks: The alternative list of those who said 'thanks but no thanks'

About 20 names are missing from this year’s honours list because the people concerned did not want to be on it.

Album review: Mark Padmore, Morgan Szymanski, Alec Roth: Sometime I Sing (Signum Classics)

Best known for his Schubert lieder, tenor Mark Padmore here performs Alec Roth's arrangements of songs and poems for voice and guitar, ranging from a sequence of Thomas Wyatt poems of love lost, to the more reflective, crepuscular tone of modern verses on nocturnal themes by Vikram Seth.

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Poetry corner or much ado about nothing...?

The gentleman appreciates beauty in many spheres of human endeavour

Book of a lifetime: Le Spleen de Paris, By Charles Baudelaire

Iwas introduced to Baudelaire on my 14th birthday, when my parents gave me a bilingual edition of Les Fleurs du mal translated by Richard Howard, a black volume with devilish-looking white and purple lilies on the cover. That evening I read the entire collection in a trance, sucked into its splendid savagery and brutal humanity, its febrile voyages and sharp, bracing portraits of urban solitude. And then there was all that spleen, a dark river of malaise coursing through nearly every landscape, inner and outer.

Russell Brand gives his best Doctor Who impression in a scarf and dark glasses at a recent film premiere.

Scarf at the ready? Russell Brand says he'd love to replace Matt Smith as Doctor Who

Comedian Russell Brand has revealed that he would love to replace Matt Smith as Doctor Who.

Mother Departs, By Tadeusz Rózewicz, trans. Barbara Bogoczek

Every mother's son – and daughter – will appreciate this powerful chorus of family memories

Actors don't normally encourage audiences to answer their phones during performances, but those performing I Wish I Was Lonely by Hannah Jane Walker and Chris Thorpe do.

Paperback review: Who is Ozymandias? And Other Puzzles in Poetry, By John Fuller

"A poem should not mean, but be," in Archibald MacLeish's famous words.

Bad Machine, By George Szirtes. Bloodaxe, £9.95

George Szirtes is the most consistent, prolific British poet. All his collections are challenging and rewarding. Bad Machine is more various, more versatile, and might take longer to get into. At the book's heart is an almost hallucinatory series about the fragility of reality, of life, of the body. The title poem is about discovering the body is a faulty machine. Like many others, it is aphoristic: "There's no machine that's not a bad machine". Elsewhere, we find "We're handfuls of dust breathing in dust" and "Life being ordinary is the extraordinary thing".

DVD review: The Hobbit, An Unexpected Journey

If the Lord of the Rings trilogy didn't exist, then Peter Jackson's bloated fantasy blockbuster would seem impressive indeed.

Sketches by artist Julia Miranda which feature in Living Words staff workshop books, made bespoke for each residency

Words of dementia sufferers woven into poetry by Susanna Howard

A poet is working with dementia patients to weave their words into poetry. Susanna Howard, sits with them, often in silence, jotting down whatever words they utter, and then uses only these utterances to put a poem together for her collections, Living Words.

Between the Covers 17/03/2013

Your weekly guide to what's really going on inside the world of books

Book of a lifetime: Collected Poems, by Wallace Stevens

I think that I first read Wallace Stevens at school – I have a vague memory of coming across "The Emperor of Ice-Cream" in some anthology.

Tyson Keats is said to have played nine games without being correctly registered

London Welsh left dangling over Tyson Keats sanction

London Welsh, at serious risk of forfeiting their Premiership status for playing the scrum-half Tyson Keats under a false nationality registration, were left dangling on a perilously thin disciplinary thread last night when a Rugby Football Union panel ended a six-hour hearing into the case without reaching a decision.

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